KBA Board recommends disbarment Melbourne Mills- Denies Reinstatement of Lester Burns

The board of the Kentucky Bar Association decided Friday that two of the most colorful and controversial figures in Kentucky legal history should not practice law.

The Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association voted 14-1 to permanently disbar Melbourne Mills Jr. of Lexington for his part in a controversial $200 million fen-phen settlement.  Mills was acquitted of all charges in the Federal prosecution in the Fen Phen trial.

The board also unanimously voted to deny Lester Burns Jr.’s request to again practice law. Burns, a onetime gubernatorial candidate and well-known Eastern Kentucky criminal defense lawyer, voluntarily gave up his law license in 1986 after pleading guilty in federal court to defrauding an insurance company of $1.1 million and to transporting stolen goods across state lines.

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